Rafael Nadal has described his injury situation as ‘day by day’ after he came through his first round match at the Australian open comfortably.
Nadal missed the ATP Cup with a back injury that he sustained in practice ahead of the tournament, although there was little signs of discomfort as he powered past Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-4, 6-1.
He, though, says whilst the injury is clearly improving, he is not quite over it yet.
Asked for an update on his injury, Nadal replied: “Let’s go day by day. It wasn’t ideal preparation but I’m still alive.
“It’s been a tough 15 days for me because I had some issue with the back.
“I just had to focus today and get through. I did a good job today. Straight sets, that’s what I needed.”
Nadal also joined the lengthy list of players paying tribute to Tennis Australia for making sure the tournament went ahead – and especially for getting fans back into stadiums.
“I’m happy to be paying in Australia one more time and happy to stay here as long as possible.
“Every player needs the crowd. But it’s time to be responsible too. It’s time to take care of each other.
“Tennis is an important part of our lives but we are facing much more important things than that.”
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